Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc 2017

93 Wine Spectator | 93 Robert Parker | 91 Burghound

This is one of the Drouhin family’s top-tier whites – a stunning wine from the Clos des Mouches vineyard in Beaune. From the great 2017 vintage, the best since 2010, it is classic 1er Cru White Burgundy at its best!

$164.97

Description

Country: France

Region: Burgundy, Cote d’Or

Variety: Chardonnay

Terroir: east southeast exposure; clay and limestone

Winemaking: biodynamic farming; hand harvest; aged in 25& new oak barrels; aged 12-15 months

Joseph Drouhin was a daring and enterprising young man who came from the Chablis region. In 1880, at the age of 22, he settled in Beaune and founded there his own wine company. His aim was to offer wines of great quality that would bear his name. He certainly achieved his goal.

With 80 hectares, the Joseph Drouhin Domaine is one of the largest estates in the region. It owns vineyards in all of Burgundy. It is comprised of a majority of Premier and Grand Crus, planted with the two Burgundian grape varietals, pinot noir and chardonnay. It was the first in Burgundy to introduce “culture raisonnee” or doing away with pesticides and chemicals and to day chooses the organic and biodynamic approach. This approach allows each wine to express the exact character of each terroir. -Joseph Drouhin

Wine Spectator 93
Verging on creamy in texture, this white offers floral, peach, butterscotch and citrus flavors. Balanced and elegant, picking up a mineral element on the lingering aftertaste. Shows fine intensity and harmony. Drink now through 2027.

Robert Parker 93
Tasted from bottle, Drouhin’s 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc is showing very well, offering up aromas of fresh pear, Meyer lemon and grapefruit zest that are still quite youthfully marked by a generous application of buttery new oak that experience shows will integrate nicely with a little age. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and textural, with racy underlying acids, a fragrant core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. This is a very elegant, aromatic rendition of this emblematic Drouhin cuvée.

Burghound 91
A whiff of matchstick is present on the pretty and notably floral nose of apple and soft wood influence. The rich and relatively full-bodied medium-bodied flavors possess both good punch and focused power if not the sheer size and weight of the Morgeot, all wrapped in a lingering and complex finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. Note that this could easily be enjoyed young if desired.

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